Gorowa must win over sceptical fans

HARARE – If the way Zimbabwe’s technical bench reacted in the second half of Sunday’s African Nations Champion (Chan) qualifier against Zambia is anything to go by, then Warriors’ fans should brace for a bumpy ride ahead.

The Warriors put up an insipid performance in front of their home crowd and now need a scoring draw or a win at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium this weekend if there are to qualify for their third

African Nations Champion (Chan).

Judging from that performance, a lifeless one which exposed the technical team’s shortcomings, it will take something special to get the desired result in Ndola where the Zambians fans are expected to create a hostile atmosphere for the Warriors.

Sunday’s match was Ian Gorowa’s first real test since taking over from Klaus-Dieter Pagels, and it has to be said the team’s performance added to the new coach’s growing list of detractors.

Many who watched Sunday’s encounter and the Mauritius qualifier on, August 4, Gorowa’s first match at home, would be forgiven for drawing comparisons with the reign of Pagels.

After all, Gorowa is working under the same conditions and he has the same players at his disposal.

Gorowa has introduced a lot of wholesale changes to the side including dropping Pagels’ philosophy of flair, replacing it with a more direct approach that feeds off the wings.

It might be early days, but the way the current crop of Warriors is playing is not instilling any confidence in their multitudes of fans.

After having resided in South Africa for years, assembling a team of local-based players was always going to be a tall order for Gorowa, unlike Pagels, whose three-year stay in the country before his appointment as Warriors coach enabled him to familiarise with home-based players.

Gorowa would now thus need to rely on his assistants Calisto Pasuwa, Jairos Tapera and Mkhupali Masuku to advise him on player selection.

But the events that unfolded on Sunday left many wondering if these lieutenants have any say at all in decision making.

If they did, then surely why would Dynamos coach Pasuwa allow Gorowa to introduce Glamour Boy central midfielder Tawanda Muparati to play wide on the flank when he had Ali Sadiki, a natural winger, on the bench?

What is evident is that single substitution completely destabilised the structure of the team and had serious implications on the result.

It is with such decisions that many tend to envy teams like former African champions Zambia, whose foreign coach has no emotional ties with that country’s local clubs or tribal politics.

Is not it ironic, though, that the same team that sealed Pagels’ fate in the Cosafa final is now the same team that has put Gorowa under serious scrutiny?

Comments (2)

At least Pajero would lose while playing attractive football. Zifa just does not want foreign coaches becasue they freely point out its frailties. Local coaches tend to sing for their supper except for a few like Chunga. Honestly we will continue going round and round in circles.

Semhalo - 20 August 2013

it was clear when Pagels was fired that Zim football would never develop, please just remove this section were by fans are asked to comment because nomatter how much we talk they never listen, m so angry with ZIFA.

Rufaro Kudiwa - 20 August 2013

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